Wilson Pickett
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"Wilson Pickett" was an United States/American rhythm and blues/R&B, soul music/soul and rock and roll singing/singer and songwriter.

A major figure in the development of American soul music, Pickett recorded over 50 songs which hit the US R&B charts, and frequently crossed over to the US Billboard Hot 100/Billboard Hot 100. Among his best known hits are "In the Midnight Hour" (which he co-wrote), "Land of a Thousand Dances/Land of 1,000 Dances", "Mustang Sally (song)/Mustang Sally", and "Funky Broadway".

The impact of Pickett's songwriting and recording led to his 1991 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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